Gamasutra is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
View All     RSS
December 1, 2020
arrowPress Releases

If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:

Press Releases
  Talon Strikes Studios’ New Cold War Intelligence Agency Boardgame “Shadow Network” 80% Funded on Kickstarter.
  Share on Twitter RSS

[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

Surprise, AZ – Talon Strikes Studios expand their tabletop gaming offerings with another new launch called “Shadow Network”. This midweight euro game set in Cold War 1960 explores the dark shadows where agencies are gathering intelligence on anything and everything they can to turn an advantage. However, where one agency thinks they have exclusive access on intel, leaks within the network cause information to spill around the world. Shadow Network asks the questions “Which agency will be able to gather enough intel on their high profile targets and at what costs?” and at the end of the game “Who will have built the best Shadow Network?”

Shadow Network is a worker placement style game where players are deploying their agents around the globe collecting fragments of intel. These fragments are then promoted to an actionable state that can be used against a high profile target and earning players influence — the currency in the game. As the players gather intel from a city, intel is also leaked to other cities thereby potentially helping other agencies. Additional agents can be deployed, but at a cost. Furthermore, handlers can assist with exchanging intel thereby giving the agency the leg up. At end of four rounds of play, agencies will bribe their high profile targets for more influence. In the end the player with the most influence is the winner.


Theme: Cold War Agents

Number of Players: 1 to 5 Players

Playing Time: 60 minutes

Ages: 10 and up

Core Mechanics: Worker Placement, Resource Management, Off Turns

Talon Strikes Studios pride themselves on creative innovation, stunning designs, original concepts and commitment to their mission of diversity, inclusivity and representation. The whole statement that can be read on describes the company’s commitment to inclusivity in seeking out BIPOC designers, collaborators and content creators while building inclusive business partnerships and taking care with representation in design. The studio also take part in events which are inclusive, support new designers and provide opportunities for Talon Strikes to Mentor and support new designers during these events they actively seek out BIPOC designers. The statement closes out with Talon Strikes accepting responsibility to provide inclusion for all races, creeds, genders, sexual orientations and ages.

Back Shadow Network on Kickstarter here:

For more information on Shadow Network, visit follow Talon Strikes Studios on Facebook: or Twitter: @TalonStrikes